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Fencers Parry and Lunge In National School Games

National School Games – Fencing (‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ Division)

Our fencers showed up in top form at the National School Games (NSG), with the ‘B’ Division fencers kick starting their campaign from 17 April to 19 April 2023. Over the 3-day competition, the ‘B’ Division fencers bagged a total of 6 medals (3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze). To top it off, their astounding performance at the competition had also led them to win both the Boys’ and Girls’ overall titles.

Among the medallists, Azfar Luqman Ong, Neo Tze Yang and Natallie Chan Yin Xin shone the brightest as they warded off their opponents and lunged towards the top spot in the Cadet Men’s Epee, Men’s Foil and Women’s Sabre respectively.

The weapons were handed over to the ‘A’ Division fencers as they continued the NSG campaign from 20 to 21 April. Over the 3-day competition, our fencers won a medal of each colour. IBDP Year 5 student-athlete Esther Tan took home the Junior Women’s Epee gold medal after defeating Raffles Institution’s Victoria Chew with 15 – 11. The boys also did well in the competition. IBDP Year 6 student-athlete, Tan Yun Kai, made a vast improvement from finishing 8th in 2022 to clinching a silver in the Junior Men’s Epee this year.

“I’m disappointed that I was unable to get gold, but it’s one of the better results I’ve got this season... This year, I prepared mentally and told myself it’s not as hard as I’m thinking,” shared Yun Kai in an interview with The Straits Times.

The campaign concluded on a high with the ‘C Division fencers closing their NSG season with 7 medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze). At the competition held from 25 to 27 April, foilist Thaddaeus Ted Lee and sabreist Ashton Auw Sen Hon each contributed a gold medal in the boys’ events. The girls also performed strongly to win a bronze by foilist Alyssa Tan Si En, and a silver and bronze by sabreist Kayla Por Ke Xin and Sarah Koh Ya Qi respectively. Their outstanding performance in the competition led the Girls’ team to win overall second.

In total, our fencers amassed 16 medals from the National School Games.

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